Paul by Paul Smith AW12 Paul is a youthful, free spirited collection that epitomises the quirky sensibility of Paul Smith. Its understated style and wit is identified by bold, simple pieces that form an exciting and contemporary laid-back wardrobe. Each season, Paul offers a carefree collection of individual staples and separates aimed to complement the way that modern women dress by mixing quirky detailing and direction with high quality classic casuals and denim. This season captures a sense of youth and attitude, inspired by the spirit of a modern breed of travellers and rebel youth in the 50’s and 60’s whose subversive lifestyles and desire for sustainability and individuality created an effortless style, combining pop culture with defiant glamour in a rich mix of colours and textures. Signature classics are updated in oversized masculine shapes; traditional wool outerwear such as pea coats and wrap jackets are combined with chunky Fairisle knits and faded denims that sit effortlessly with checked shirts and graphic tees. Layering contrasting textures and shapes evokes a carefree sense of style; heavy tweeds and sheepskin collared aviator jackets are worn over slouchy tees and soft, draped dresses. Classic cotton shirts are combined with slim fitted denims and A-line leather skirts, to retain a feminine silhouette. Core denims are an integral part of the Paul collection, with a diverse and varied range of fits, styles and washes. New season shapes are shown in block colour corduroys, over-dyed, distressed denims and extreme stretch fabrics that guarantee a super tight fit. Scenic landscapes inspire this season’s signature prints with dusky skies, gypsy florals and bramble stripes evoking a free and natural influence. Classic checks and polka dots show a harder edge. The colour palette is made up of rich, deep tones of blue and indigo, accentuated by vibrant shades of purple and Seville orange. Softer earthy shades of nutmeg and ivory are married with deeper tones of cranberry and rich burgundy, with an emphasis on monochrome staples of black, white and grey. Paul Smith has photographed four exclusive Polaroid prints for the Paul collection. Enhanced with saturated light, they have been printed onto classic tees and jersey dresses.